The 302nd Bombardment Group was a bomber training unit that served in the United States from 1942-1944.
The group was activated in June 1942 and became part of the Second Air Force. It was equipped with the B-24 Liberator, and was used as an operational training unit, preparing the crews of new units for battle. It later became a replacement training unit, training crews to fill gaps caused by casualties.
In December 1943 the group was moved to the First Air Force and from the US south-west across to Virginia. In 1944 it converted to the B-17 Flying Fortress, but on 10 April 1944 the group was inactivated.
1942-44: Consolidated B-24 Liberator
1944: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
|28 January 1942||Constituted as 302nd Bombardment Group (Heavy)|
|1 June 1942||Activated with Second Air Force|
|December 1943||To First Air Force|
|10 April 1944||Inactivated|
Col Joseph J Nazzaro: 1 Jun 1942
Col Eugene H Beebe: 12 Jul 1942
Lt Col Joseph J Nazzaro: 15 Sep 1942
Lt Col William K Martin: 1 Jan 1943
Maj Horace S Carswell: 15 Oct 1943
Lt Col Thomas J Gent Jr: 2 Nov 1943
Lt Col Carlos J Cochrane: 3 Jan-Apr 1944.
Geiger Field, Wash: 1 Jun
Davis-Monthan Field, Ariz: 23 Jun 1942
Wendover Field, Utah: 30 Jul 1942
Pueblo AAB, Colo: 30 Sep 1942
Davis- Monthan Field, Ariz: 1 Dec 1942
Clovis, NM: 29 Jan 1943
Langley Field, Va: 17 Dec 1943-10 Apr 1944
355th Bombardment Squadron: 1942-44
356th Bombardment Squadron: 1942-44
357th Bombardment Squadron: 1942-44
420th Bombardment Squadron: 1942-44
June 1942-December 1943: Second Air Force
December 1943-April 1944: First Air Force